Vikings RB Dalvin Cook reported to training camp on Tuesday. This was the most likely scenario all along because the new CBA makes it very costly to hold out of training camp. Cook is still looking for a new contract, so we'll see if there are any further issues down the road. But for now, he's worth picking in the middle of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook told his position coach that he'll report for the start of training camp, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Cook's agent has since denied that report. "Dalvin has never mentioned to him anything in regards to reporting to camp," Zac Hiller said. "I’m not sure where the miscommunication is. I hope Dalvin plays a major role in the Vikings future success.” Cook is looking for a new contract and started his holdout back in June. The new CBA makes it costly for players to sit out training camp, though. We'll have a better idea of Cook's intentions when Vikings camp officially opens on Tuesday.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will not take part in any team-related activities without a new contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "He's out," a source told Schefter. "Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond." Cook is set to make $1.3 million in 2020, the final year of his rookie deal. He reportedly wants to match or exceed the $13 million per year David Johnson is making. Johnson is currently the 4th-highest-paid RB in the NFL, behind Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott and Le'Veon Bell. We're still more than 3 months from the start of the 2020 campaign, so Cook and the Vikings have plenty of time to come to an agreement. We're not adjusting Cook's baseline projections now -- but we did lower his floor projection on your MVP Board to account for the elevated risk. If Cook does end up sitting out games, Alexander Mattison would likely step in as Minnesota's lead back. RB Mike Boone would also figure to take on a bigger role.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he'll be back -- likely in a workhorse role -- for this weekend's Wild Card game vs. the Saints.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) said Wednesday that he'll be at "full strength" for this weekend's Wild Card game against the Saints. Cook missed the final 2 regular-season games after suffering his 2nd shoulder injury of the season and might be at risk of aggravating those injuries. But he'll also be riding fresher legs after the time off.
Vikings RBs Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) are inactive for today’s game against the Bears. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will again handle backfield duties, but neither is a strong fantasy play with Minnesota expected to rest key starters, including QB Kirk Cousins.
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